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members have fought in iraq and afghanistan. those numbers according to the white house. >>> today president obama signs an executive order to improve access to mental health services for veterans. service members and their families. the president also met with troops in texas. that comes on the second anniversary of the end of the war in iraq. more than 4,000 american troops died in that war. >>> decision 2012. his meeting in texas comes as the campaign now shifts to charlotte with republicans still trying to spin clint eastwood's performance at the rnc, the democrats are now gearing up for their own show. steve handelsman moved from tampa to charlotte and has a preview of the preps. >> reporter: before splitting up to campaign, mitt romney and paul ryan put a positive spin. >> coming out of tampa, we have given our fellow countrymen a very clear choice. >> you listened to the last guy running for president. he laid out what he was going to do. he's unable to do it. it's time to give someone new a chance. >> reporter: in his speech last night, romney did not lay out specifics. >>
back from two tours of duty in iraq, 26-year-old from oakland is homeless, jobless, and lacking direction. >> it's hard. i mean, it's hard coming back and being used to something for so long and then coming back to civilian life and trying to adjust and find work where being in the military, it's -- your days are planned. >> reporter: but thanks to operation standdown, menina is not without hope. an entire tent city has sprung up on the county fair grounds. vets from across the bay area are getting much needed help, from hair cuts to hot meals to legal services. it's all here. >> the services provided here are, in a sense, everything you might need. we have dentists, doctors, orthopedists, dermatologists. >> reporter: jack bartholomew knows what a difference operation standdown can make. he went from a homeless client to a tent leader who now has a job, a home, and a new outlook. >> i finally just had to straighten my life around once i found this program, to help me get my life on the right path. >> reporter: meanwhile, he is hoping to clean up his credit and take care of some
are americans. and we hold our head high. >> reporter: but the protests widened. this was iraq. in lebanon, symbols of the u.s. got burned at kfc and had hardens. this was gaza. many egyptians are still furious over that anti-muslim film made in the u.s. and it's not just arab nations. muslims to the east erupted. this was pakistan today. this was bangladesh. these were indian muslims in kashmir. while back in the u.s., republican vice presidential candidate paul ryan blamed president obama. >> what we do not see is steady, consistent american leadership. that is what keeps the peace. and that is what we will have in a romney/ryan administration. >> reporter: team obama called that an attempt to score political points. >> both factually wrong and poorly timed. now is a time when americans should be coming together. >> reporter: as many in the muslim world are coming together against americans. the white house insisted today there was no intelligence that could have prevented the death of the four americans in libya this week. live from washington, i'm steve handelsman, nbc bay area news. j
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